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Bell Whittington Public Library
  The Bell/Whittington Public Library is open to everyone.  For our neighbors in Ingleside, Rockport, Port Aransas and Bayside, and other communities with people who are displaced because of Hurricane Harvey, you can get a library card with a government-issued photo ID showing your current address or a current utility, phone or tax bill with current address. 

The library also offers free use of computers and WIFI at no charge.  Printing is available for $0.25 per page from computer, $0.25 per page for copies, and $1 per page for faxes. 

The library is located at 2400 Memorial Parkway (on the southeast corner of Buddy Ganem Drive).  Hours are:  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The library experienced minor damage during Hurricane Harvey and will open Tuesday, September 5th, 9 am - 8 pm.  Overdue fines accrued during the storm and our time closed will be forgiven. 


Bell Whittington Public Library

Our Mission:

  • We provide cost-effective quality service, programs and materials in a variety of formats in order to meet the educational, recreational and cultural needs of all the citizens of Portland and the surrounding communities
  • We provide exemplary customer service in a friendly, timely and efficient manner to all citizens equally.
  • We stimulate the awareness and use of libraries to promote individual enlightenment, community enrichment, and economic vitality throughout the city and work with other city organizations and entities to enhance existing services and develop new and innovative programs and services.
  • We are committed to inform, entertain, enrich, and to foster the self-learning process by facilitating access to our collections, services, and facilities to all members of the community.
  • We are dedicated to serving our patrons and providing excellence in customer service.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!  Please feel free to let us know what materials, services and programs you would like to see offered by the library.

The Bell/Whittington Library is located in the scenic Coastal Bend of Texas and serves the entire Coastal Bend area free of charge.  We provide many services, programs and opportunities in the community.  The library staff is dedicated to the free and open access of materials, programs and services.

Notice regarding renewal of books, dvd's, cd's, etc. as of May 22, 2017.

The number of times items belonging to Bell/Whittington Library will be renewed is 2.  Interlibrary loans are still not renewable. 


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Ginny Moses


2400 Memorial Pkwy
Portland, TX 78374
Phone: (361) 777-4560
Fax: (361) 777-4561

Sunday - Closed

Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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